Golden State Warriors: Nemanja Nedovic, Aaron Craft, or Seth Curry?

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Nemanja Nedovic

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The first thing that many Warriors fans learned about Nedovic was that his nickname was “The European Derrick Rose.” Warriors fans quickly learned of his quickness, his athleticism, and his explosiveness. Unfortunately for Warriors fans though, they haven’t seen any of that from Nedovic so far.

Nedovic dealt with several injuries throughout his rookie season with the Warriors last year, but when he was on the court, he appeared lost and confused at times. He clearly hadn’t adjusted to the speed of the game, maybe because of the time he missed due to injuries and maybe due to other factors. His lack of defensive ability was showcased, and he often appeared overwhelmed on offense, which led to poor decisions.

When Nedovic was healthy, he spent much of the season with the Santa Cruz Warriors. During his time in Santa Cruz, Nedovic averaged 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists on 40 percent shooting from the field, 29.9 percent shooting from three-point range, and 85.7 percent free throw shooting in 15 games.

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With the Warriors, Nedovic averaged 1.1 points, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.5 assists on 20.5 percent shooting from the field, 16.7 percent shooting from three-point range, and 87.5 percent free throw shooting in 24 games.

The Warriors have until October 31st to decide if they want to pick up Nedovic’s $1.15 million option for the 2015-2016 season. The Warriors don’t need to decide right now whether or not they will exercise that option, but it’s certainly on their mind now that Summer League has concluded.

For the Warriors’ 2014 Summer League team, Nedovic averaged 9.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on 45.2 percent shooting from the field, 28.6 percent shooting from three-point range, and 71.4 percent free throw shooting. This wasn’t exactly the type of production from Nedovic that the Warriors were hoping to see. He continues to struggle in many aspects of the game.

Tim Kawakami shared his thoughts on Nedovic’s struggles in Summer League:

"He didn’t get into the lane regularly (which was supposed to be his specialty coming out of Europe), he continues to be a gaping hole on defense, and he just didn’t seem to be able to establish any kind of point-guard presence with his teammates. Against Summer League competition, that’s not good. I know Nedovic had some lingering injury issues through the summer, as he had last season, and that’s not good, either."

Even if the Warriors do exercise Nedovic’s option for the 2015-2016 season and he remains on the Warriors’ 2014-2015 roster, it seems as if he won’t play many minutes at all this season or he’ll spend the majority of the season in Santa Cruz again.